(White Plains, NY) – On the first anniversary of the allocation of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) today thanked our state and Congressional delegations for securing more than $552 million in aid to Westchester County.  “The ARRA was an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike anything our generation has witnessed. This critical legislation provided significant funding for fiscal relief, as well as for infrastructure and environmental projects, direct benefits to low income and unemployed residents” said Jenkins. “With $31 billion being allocated for programs that directly impact our State, Westchester has been able to secure more than $552 million for local projects, with many underway.”

Jenkins further commented "As we head towards warmer weather and construction season,  Westchester residents will see the construction phases of Westchester ARRA projects.  These investments are important get people back to work and improve our local economies.  While the County Board continues to work with all of our government partners to find efficiencies that reduce the cost of government, we must not lose focus on the need to invest in the infrastructure of Westchester." Highlights of Westchester’s allocation and projects are:

Infrastructure:
About $59.8 million has been allocated for county infrastructure projects, including:

  • Upgrades along the Bronx River Parkway, the Popham Road Bridge in Scarsdale, the Odell Avenue Bridge in Yonkers, the South First Avenue Bridge in Mount Vernon and bridges along the Interstate 684
  • System upgrades for traffic and pedestrian signal equipment, traffic detectors, repaving of the southbound lanes of the Taconic State Parkway, pavement overlay of Route 123 in Rye and an automated traffic management system on the Cross County Parkway

Employment & Jobs:
Roughly $169 million in Workforce Improvement Act (WIA) funding has been allocated to New York, with Westchester receiving $3.18 million, specifically:

  • $544,000 allocated for adult employment and job training
  • $1 million allocated for dislocated worker employment and training
  • $948,000 allocated for summer youth employment programs

Aid to Families in Need:
Westchester received more than $191.3 million for temporary benefits, with direct payments to individuals through a combination of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) grants, which included:

  • $162.8 million in extended unemployment insurance
  • More than $27.2 million allocated for increased food stamps
  • $1.3 million in increased Pell grants to college students
  • $3 million in Emergency Fund for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
  • $2.37 million in Project-Based Rental Assistance (Section 8)

Clean Water & Clean Air:
Westchester received more than $58.3 million in funding for environmental and energy projects, including:

  • $43.8 million for clean water,  drinking  water  and  wastewater  projects, such as construction of the collection system and treatment plant in North Salem and nitrogen removal and other upgrades at the Mamaroneck Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • $8.6 million towards Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants through conservation and renewable energy projects
  • $5.9 million towards weatherization projects

The County Board, through its oversight, continues to monitor the progress of these projects are fulfilling the requirements and are creating jobs for people in Westchester.